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Naturland farmers and processors have been ground-breaking global pioneers for over 30 years. The world’s first ever conversion to organic agriculture of tea gardens in Sri Lanka and India in the 1980s was the prelude to our successful work on an international scale. Currently 65,000 farmers in 58 countries manage an area of some 440,000 hectares according to the Naturland standards. To Naturland, organic agriculture means combining tradition with modern practices and experience with the courage to adopt new approaches.
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Inspector training and regional assembly of Naturland producers

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Naturland held two events in Mexico in November and December this year, both focusing on different aspects of quality assurance. Naturland has been active in Mexico since the 1990s. Today some 3,200 Naturland farmers are cultivating coffee, chia and oranges as well as agave and some 45,000 bee colonies are certified to the Naturland standards.

The regional meeting of the Naturland members in Chiapas took place in San Cristóbal de las Casas on December 2nd. One of the main topics of the meeting was the importance of diversification in coffee cultivation. Peter Gänz (Naturland) highlighted the requirements of the Naturland standards for the diversification of shade trees. The 15 representatives of various smallholder cooperatives from the Chiapas region confirmed the advantages of diversified coffee cultivation in terms of increased biodiversity, reduced disease pressure, improved climate adaptation and positive fertilisation effects. Naturland will again offer workshops on the production of home-made organic liquid fertilisers in the coming year.

Naturland World Advisory Board addresses EU Commission

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Naturland faces with great concern the proposals of the EU-Commission for group certification. The EU commission proposed two implementing rules in September this year that are seriously affecting the current practice of smallholder certification in the South. The rules proposed concern the legal status of the producer groups as well as the size of the groups. Naturland demands that group organised by processors as well as exporters should be continued to be recognized as a legal entity and setting a rigid limit of the size of a producer will not necessarily contribute to quality. Naturland currently works with over 60, 000 farmers that are certified in 120 producer groups through the system of group certification according to the EU organics regulation. Most of the producer groups in Latin America, Africa and Asia are producing coffee, coco products, tropical fruits, spices, tea, and cocoa for the export to Germany and Europe.

With Bio Foods, Tea promoter India and GEPA – three Naturland partners honoured

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The Sri Lankan Naturland partner Bio Foods was awarded the German Sustainability Award for “Global Partnerships,” together with the German GLS Bank in the category “Company Partnerships.” With GEPA and Tea Promoters India, even more Naturland partners were honored that night for their decade-long work.The German Sustainability Award honors excellence in sustainability in the fields of economy, communities, and research. With more than 800 applicants and 2,000 guests at the events, it is the biggest award of its kind in Europe. It is endowed by the German Sustainability Award Foundation in cooperation with the German Government, municipalities, and other civil society organizations and research institutions.

Social responsibility and biodiversity in the focus of the members' meeting

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The very first Naturland assembly in Sri Lanka took place this November. 22 representatives from twelve Naturland certified producer organisations and processing companies accepted the Naturland invitation and attended the half day meeting in Colombo. Sri Lanka was one of the first countries where the international Naturland involvement had started more than 30 years ago. As early as 1987, Naturland was involved in the conversion of the world's first tea garden to organic farming. In the course of time further operations joined Naturland, especially small-scale tea and spice famers groups as well as corresponding processing and export companies.